About Us

Welcome to Derryaun Crafts, Drummin, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

098 21888

Learn a creative craft at Derryaun Crafts in the idyllic surroundings of County Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland.

Sheefry House, Derryaun is a tastefully restored, stone-built farm cottage in an idyllic rural setting only 9 miles south

of the thriving town of Westport, Co Mayo surrounded by the Partry and Sheefry Mountains and Croagh Patrick,

Ireland's ''.Holy Mountain

Enrich your visit to Ireland by learning more about crafts new and old.

     Derryaun Crafts new studio interior Derryaun, Westport, Co. Mayo



Come and spend a day or two learning a new craft; we have a wide selection for you to choose from. You need no

previous knowledge - just an interest in learning more about old and not so old country crafts. We are open all year round; if you would like to book a course, a 50% non-refundable deposit is required, but your booking can be transferred to another workshop or someone else. Price includes use of our facilities and all materials.

We sell many items of equipment to inspire you to have a go at home.

At Derryaun Crafts you can learn;
Jewellery making, wire and copper work, felt making and lots more, click on
timetable to find out more.

You are welcome to visit Derryaun Crafts anytime, but please
phone first to make an appointment


workshops - dates at a glance.....


Thursday 27th Nov - 3D Needle Felted Christmas Decorations fully booked

           Latest News.......

The Quay Gallery Christmas event........

I have been busy making new work for our Christmas event on Fryday 1st November.....felted pictures, seasonal decorations and more, we would love to see you there and don't forget Coda will be performing at about 9pm -




The Quay Gallery......was opened in May this year by myself and 3 talented like minded artists, Sue Basler, Beth Moran and Victoria Foutz, we wanted to showcase our work and that of others in a new setting where art meets craft and boundaries dissolve. The gallery is an interactive space where you can meet the maker, see work in progress and buy beautiful and unique handcrafted pieces. If you are in the area, we would love to see you! The Quay Gallery is situated on The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo. opening hours Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am - 5.30pm Sunday 12 noon - 5.30pm phone 098 21888 or 087 717 6226



Materialisation: Mapping the Making


In January, I was honoured to be asked by renowned basket maker Joe Hogan to collaborate with him in creating a work for an Exhibition inspired by the immense hanging textile work Valkyrie Enxoval by Joana Vasconcelos. The exhibition – Materialisation - Mapping the Making – which will be in the Main Gallery at VISUAL Centre (Carlow) from June 6th to 31st August

will include the Vasconcelos work and the collaborations and will include notebooks, photographs, video and statements that illustrate the process and the narrative of each collaboration.



This exhibition charts our journey to the finished work and will include notebooks, photographs, prototypes, samples and statements that illustrate the process and the narrative of each collaboration.

Printer & weaver Trish Belford with designer Dr Barbara Dass
Basketmaker Joe Hogan with fibre artist Suzie Sullivan
Textile & ceramic artist, Inga Hamilton with a team of potters & weavers Artist & teacher Helen Robbins with gentleman’s tailors Tom & Michael Johnston of Tullow
Artist & lecturer Tara Ní Nualláin with perspex & laser engraver Colin Power


Curated by Anne Montgomery
VISUAL Carlow,  Link Gallery
6th June – 31st August
Anne Montgomery - is a freelance textiles advisor and curator, and was previously Course Director in the School of Art and Design, University of Ulster.

  •  Broadfield House Glass Museum
'A String of Beads' Exhibition and book

This year, my work - 'The Briar and the Rose' woven bracelet and ring was selected to be part of A String of Beads exhibition The exhibition will run until May 2015 in  Broadfield House Glass Museum, Compton Drive, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 9NS U.K.

  •  29 beadmakers from across the country have been specially selected to represent the well established and the up-and-coming artists in this field with a great diversity of beads.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that includes a light-hearted history of beadmaking in the UK.

On-line Shopping..... I would like to introduce my new online shopping gallery, where you can purchase one off textile and jewellery pieces, prints, greetings cards etc. click on gallery to find out more.....

I have a collection of framed textile art originals that can be viewed in my studio Gallery and our brand new gallery - The Quay Gallery, Leaping Lizard, Bridge St. Westport, Glass studio, Spiddal Craft Village, Co. Galway.



Glass bead making....I have also been busy making glass beads, this is the process…..Using a propane and oxygen torch a glass rod is heated to a molten state and then wrapped around a steel mandrel. By rotating the mandrel gravity forms a round bead. Surface decoration is then applied using coloured glass. When the bead is completed it is put in a kiln to anneal – this is an essential part of the process to make the bead strong and durable. Each bead is unique and a work of art in its own right.